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Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II Review

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Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II Review
Unfortunately, one area that did not impress us on the Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II was the call quality on our end, as there was noticeable “buzzing/rattling” from the earpiece speaker; even when the call volume was turned down to medium. But this could have been a defective speaker on our unit. However, people that we called while using the Galaxy Stratosphere II said we sounded clear on their end.


Battery:

The included 1800mAh battery is rated at 15 hours of usage time, or 6 days of standby time. In our testing, we were able to get 8 hours of continuous talk time or a full charge, or about 2 days with mixed usage (which includes some talk, email, internet, app usage and standby).


Conclusion:


Overall, we’re content with the Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II. Not only is it more fashionable than the original model, but is quite faster with the dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon S4 processor. The full QWERTY keyboard is one of its main features, and we like how it is laid out and is easy to use for those of you that do a lot of typing. We do wish that the 4” screen was a little larger and higher resolution, but it still does a good job for a mid-range device. As it stands, the Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II is currently priced by Verizon at $129 with a 2-year contract, while the Pantech Marauder is free, and the Motorola DROID 4 is $99. Between them, the Galaxy Stratosphere II and DROID 4 are the better choices, but the edge does go to the Samsung since it’s using a faster processor along with a Super AMOLED display.

Software version on the tested device:
Android 4.0.4
Kernel version 3.0.8-1157001
Build number IMM76D.I415VRALJ2





Pros

  • Compact to hold and carry around
  • Easy to use QWERTY keyboard
  • Has “Galaxy S III” type software features and user interface

Cons

  • Keyboard doesn’t open smoothly
  • Some text looks jagged and pixelated
  • Rattling in the earpiece speaker
PhoneArena rating:
8
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posted on 24 Jan 2013, 08:37

1. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)


one word... fugly

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 13:24 1

2. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5589; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


not a bad phone but i want very much to see a Droid 5 soon.

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 16:37

3. cripton805 (Posts: 917; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


This is really the same phone with a faster processor. I'm disappointed because the first Stratosphere was a good stable phone. I expected more.

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 19:00

4. Birds (Posts: 979; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


What exactly did you expect? IMHO, I expected nothing more than an internal upgrade with the device which it did get for the most part. I wasn't expecting the minor aesthetic changes but oh well. Still a very good phone.....and it should have come with 1080p video capture....

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 11:10

5. cripton805 (Posts: 917; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


I expected it to be way different since the first Stratosphere was not a new phone. It was taken from Sprint version a year later with LTE as a bonus.

So, this is the third time they pretty much use the same phone in, I believe 2.5 years.

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Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960, Dual core, 1200 MHz, Krait processor
1024 MB RAM
Size4.97 x 2.58 x 0.53 inches
(126 x 66 x 13 mm)
5.43 oz  (154 g)

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